By Margaret Brownley
Thomas Nelson Publishing
Miranda Hunt is following in her father’s footsteps as an operative at the Pinkerton Detective Agency, and now she is about to get a chance to truly prove the value of her skills. Her latest assignment requires her to assume the identity of Annie Beckman, a young woman answering an ad for an heiress to the renowned Last Chance Ranch, owned by spirited, eccentric cattlewoman, Eleanor Walker.
While undercover, Annie must identify the person, responsible for a recent string of robberies, known as The Phantom. Before she can even step foot off the train in Cactus Patch, she learns first hand how the Phantom operates. The train is robbed just outside of town.
Annie’s orders are clear, “While learning the ranching business, keep an eye open for the Phantom. Once identified, notify the local law enforcement.” Sounds easy enough, but nothing is ever as easy as it seems, especially when Annie starts experiencing feelings for mysterious and handsome ranch hand, David Branch. Could he be the one to steal her heart? Or, is he a part of the Phantom gang?
Gunpowder Tea is the third book of The Last Chance Ranch series. Although I haven’t had the chance to read the first two stories, I had no trouble picking up the action and learning the identity of key characters. This story is entertaining and suspenseful with twists that are unexpected. I plan to check out more books written by Brownley.
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